Come annunciatovi la scorsa settimana (clicca qui), Salman Rushdie e Deepa Mehta hanno partecipato alla 25ma edizione dell'Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts 2012. Fra l'altro proprio ieri è stata organizzata a New York una proiezione del film tratto da I figli della mezzanotte, proiezione a cui ha presenziato anche Hari Kunzru. Ma torniamo al festival. The Telegraph riporta in questo articolo alcune interessanti dichiarazioni rilasciate da Rushdie sul tema delle migrazioni: 'We live in the age of migration. There are more people now living in countries in which they were not born than in the rest of human history combined. Look at any big city in the world and you see a pluralised, hybridised, diverse culture. The end of the monoculture is the phenomenon of our generation. (...) A thing that happens to migrants is that they lose many of the traditional things which root identity, which root the self. The roots of self are the place that you know, the community that you come from, the language that you speak and the cultural assumptions within which you grow up. Those are the four great roots of the self and very, very often what happens to migrants is that they lose all four - they’re in a different place, speaking an alien language, amongst people who don’t know them and the cultural assumptions are very different. (...) The question both indigenous and communities of migrants have to ask themselves is the question of adaptation - what do you absorb from the world in which you live, what do you retain from the world from which you came and how do you make that transaction?'.